Coaching Changes in California for the 2015-2016 Season

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Jul 022015


Pablo Di Maria
The 2015-2016 wrestling season is not even close to starting and many head coaching changes have begun to commence all over the state of California. Here’s a few of the changes we have been informed of.
San Fernando HS (LA)
Out Jesse Arana
In Victor Solano
The Scoop – A product of San Fernando High, Victor, was the 2001 CIF-LA City Section champion at 119 pounds for the Tigers. As a coach, Victor was in charge of the Sylmar High wrestling team from 2009-2013. During his time at Sylmar High, he helped six wrestlers qualify to the CIF state tournament and placed second as a team in the 2011 CIF-LA Section tournament. This past season he was an assistant at San Fernando High where they finished fourth in their section tournament.
Palisades HS (LA)
Out Randy Aguirre
InSteve Cifonelli
The Scoop – After the tragic loss of their beloved coach Randy Aguirre, assistant coach Aldo Juliano began the hunt to find a new head coach for the Dolphins. After an intensive search that took almost half a year, Aldo was able to get Palisades High to hire Steve Cifonelli as the new head coach. Cifonelli is an experienced wrestler and coach that was inducted into the South Jersey Hall of Fame for coaching at Glassboro High. As a collegiate wrestler, Steve was a three-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Conference place winner and a 1982 NCAA Division I qualifier for Temple University.
Bloomington High (SS)
Out Gabe Schaefer
InVince LaFarge
The Scoop – After a nine-year stint at Bloomington High that saw him win five CIF-SS Dual Meet championships and one CIF-SS Individual Tournament Championship, Gabe Schaefer, will be taking his expertise to Clovis High. But don’t worry Bruin Fans, Schaefer will be leaving the program in great hands in new head coach Vince LaFarge.  From 2006-2015, LaFarge, was a co-head coach at Northview High. With the Vikings, LaFarge won seven CIF-SS Individual Tournament Championships, three Southern Section Titles and helped Northview finish fifth in the CIF State Tournament in 2006 (the highest place for any Viking boys team). Over the years, Vince helped a lot of individuals accomplish great things in the post-season.  He helped 79 wrestlers place at the CIF-SS Individual Tournament, qualified 46 wrestlers to the CIF State Tournament and helped 10 of them to become place winners.
Edison HS (SS)
Out Ray Camacho
In Pete Escandon
The Scoop – A successful wrestler from the tough Central Section, Escandon was a state qualifier in 2005 for Clovis East High School. After graduating from Clovis East, Escandon went on to attend Fresno City, where he was a two-year standout for Paul Keysaw and the Rams.
Birmingham HS (LA)
Out No One
InJustin Cash
The Scoop – A native of the state of Tennessee, Justin, was a two-time state champion and three-time state finalist for Brentwood Academy. After graduating from high school, Justin attended the University of Maryland, where he was a 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference participant. His time in Maryland only lasted two years as he moved on to attend Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. While at Rend Lake College, Cash won the 2013 National Junior College Tournament at 157 pounds. He will join the Birmingham Staff as an assistant coach to help improve the section as a whole.
Birmingham (LA)
Out No One
In Sarah Saenz
The Scoop – A former wrestler from San Fernando High, Sarah, started wrestling at the young age of 6-years old for the Tiger Wrestling Club. During her time at San Fernando High, Sarah won two consecutive state titles to earn a scholarship to King University in Tennessee. Injuries during high school and college cut Sarah’s collegiate career short. Despite that, she went back to her old stomping grounds and helped the San Fernando Lady Tigers win a couple of Los Angeles City Section titles. The Birmingham women’s wrestling team is definitely going to benefit from the hiring of Sarah.


Osteen and Perez win Greco-Roman National Titles

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Jul 022015


Katja Osteen and Robert Paul Perez
Pablo Di Maria
The second leg of the ASICS Kids Greco-Roman National Triple Crown tournament concluded yesterday afternoon inside the Wisconsin Dells Arena in Wisconsin Dells, WI. A sum of 600 wrestlers competed in four divisions (Bantam, Intermediate, Novice and Schoolboy) to gain a coveted Greco-Roman National title.
Two wrestlers from the state of California captured National Titles in the Novice division, Robert Paul Perez (112 lbs.) and Katja Osteen at 140 pounds. Perez, a native of Long Beach, California, dominated his bracket with two technical falls (13-0 and 11-0) and a 26 second pin over a tough opponent from Iowa in Jared Voss in the finals to claim the National Title. Perez last loss was in June of 2012; since then, he has compiled a record of 35-0 and has won many regional and national championships along the way.
Osteen, a native of Simi Valley, California, didn’t allow a single point to be scored on her throughout the entire tournament in the 140-pound weight class. In the four matches that she competed, Osteen won two via a pin and two via a regular decision 5-0 and 6-0.
A total of 10 wrestlers from California traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the ASICS Kids tournament. Other place winners from California were, Joseph Ramirez (70 lbs.) 2nd in Bantam, Caiden Williford (75 lbs.) 4th in Intermediate, Clarence Moore (66 lbs.) 3rd in Novice, Ryan Franco (90 lbs.) 2nd in Schoolboy and Erich Osteen (75 lbs.) 5th in Schoolboy.

Division I Wrestler Art Basulto To Teach Wrestling At Rounders MMA & Boxing

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Jun 302015


Art Basulto Former Cal Poly Wrestler

You can stop competing in wrestling, but you can’t never walk away from the sport of wrestling. Just ask a former Division I wrestler, Art Basulto. Basulto started his wrestling career at Arroyo Grande High School, which is situated near San Luis Obispo. As a high school wrestler, Basulto, captured the 2002 CIF California state tournament at 285 pounds. He was a two-time state finalist and a Southern Section Masters Champion in 2003. Besides being a great Folk Style wrestler, he was also a very skilled Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestler. He ended up as the runner-up in the 2003 USA Fargo Freestyle National Runner-up and was a 4X-Time Fargo All-American in the Cadet and Junior divisions.


Now, as college graduated and currently working on getting his Master’s Degree in Business, Basulto, will be teaching wrestling at Rounders MMA & Boxing starting July 2, 2015 at 4 pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

All types of wrestling skills are welcome.

Where: 1241 E Chestnut Ave Suite I, Santa Ana, California.

Phone #: 1 (174) 599-0826

Web Site:

Sariyah Jones and Aleeah Gould to represent the U.S. in the UWW Cadet Pan American Championships

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Jun 302015


Sariyah Jones (Enoch HS) ‘SJ’ and Aleeah Gould (Canyon HS) ‘SS’
By Pablo Di Maria
The United States will be sending 30 talented athletes to the UWW Cadet Pan American Championships from July 3-5 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Out of the 30 participants, two of them Sariyah Jones (46 kg.) and Aleeah Gould (49 kg.) are from the state of California.
Jones, a talented Freestyle wrestler not just in the state of California, but in the nation, placed 2nd in the always tough Body National Tournament in Irving, Texas, in May. With her runner-up performance, Jones, was selected to partake in the Pan American Championships; this will be Jones third time representing the United States as she has competed in two previous UWW Cadet World Championships.
Gould, which as well ended up as the runner-up in the Body Bar Tournament was also selected to take part in the Pan American Championships. Gould is a former Fargo All-American and was successful in winning the 2014 Southwest Kickoff Classic tournament.
In fact, Jones (Enoch HS) and Gould (Canyon HS) met in the finals of the 2015 CIF California state tournament at 106 pounds where Jones came out as the winner with a 5-1 victory.
UWW Cadets are 15-17-year-old athletes. The Pan American Championships includes nations from North, Central and South America.
Pan American Cadet Championships schedule
(Guadalajara time is the same as U.S. Central time)
Friday, July 3
Greco-Roman (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
7:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. – Finals
Saturday, July 4
Women’s freestyle (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
6:00 p.m. – Finals
Sunday, July 5
Men’s freestyle (all weight divisions)
10:00 a.m. – Preliminaries
6:00 p.m. – Finals

Five new schools to be added to the L.A. City Section

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Jun 282015
The Los Angeles (LA) City Section is committed to helping develop the sport of wrestling and with the helped of Beat The Streets, LA., they’re making this possible. Next season the LA City Section will field almost 30 schools participating in wrestling. Schools that are scheduled to participate in wrestling next season are the following:


Who: Sotomayor High School
Located: 2050 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065


Who: Los Angeles High School
Located: 4650 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019


Who: Huntington Park High School
Located: 6020 Miles Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255


Who: Marquez High School
Located: 6361 Cottage St, Huntington Park, CA 90255


Who: Verdugo Hills High School
Located: 10625 Plainview Ave, Tujunga, CA 91042

California Red Takes 3rd In The Bronze/Cooper Bracket at Junior National Freestyle Duals

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Jun 282015


D.J. Lloren with the takedown on his opponent
By Pablo Di Maria
Team California Red went 3-1 in its final day of competition to claim third place at the Junior National Freestyle Duals on Saturday in Tulsa, Okla. California Red started the day out with two consecutive victories over Team Colorado 42-24 and Team Florida 46-18, before running into a brick wall in Team Ohio.
The match versus Team Ohio was a close one the entire meeting as both teams exchange leads back and forward. Going into the final two bouts, Team California were down by three points when Team Ohio brought out their top guys in James Handwerk (170 lbs.) and Ben Darmstadt at 182 pounds. Both Handwerk and Darmstadt won individual state titles this season in the state of Ohio. Handwerk pinned John Leal at 2:39 of their match, while Darmstadt pinned Roman Romero in 39 seconds to win the dual-meet for Team Ohio, 41-28.
The last dual-meet of the day was versus a young squad from Pennsylvania. California Red was able to win 12 out of the 15 contested matches to win, 51-17. Wrestlers that finished undefeated during the two days of the Freestyle portion of the tournament were – Randon Miranda (113 lbs.) 4-0, Jaden Enriquez (132/138 lbs.) 6-0, Jacob Thalin (160 lbs.) 6-0 and Davit Stepanyan at 195 pounds.
California Red (51) vs. Pennsylvania (17)
220         Christian Ayala (California Red) over Dymir Davis-Carruth (Pennsylvania) Dec 7-4               1
285         Jarrod Snyder (California Red) over Nick Carpenter (Pennsylvania) TF 10-0
100         Jacob Allen (California Red) over Nicholas Onea (Pennsylvania) TF 12-2  1
106         Nicholas Aguilar (California Red) over Ryan Green (Pennsylvania) Fall 1:36
113         Randon Miranda (California Red) over Gage Curry (Pennsylvania) Dec 9-9
120         Brandon Loperfido (Pennsylvania) over Brett Smith (California Red) TF 17-7
126         Devan Turner (California Red) over Matt Amy (Pennsylvania) TF 10-0      0
132         Enriquez Jaden (California Red) over Riley Palmer (Pennsylvania) TF 12-2              1
138         Carlos Herrera (California Red) over Luke Gardner (Pennsylvania) Dec 6-3
145         Patrick Munn (Pennsylvania) over Austin Duran (California Red) TF 18-8
152         Hayden Hidlay (Pennsylvania) over Jacob Bueno (California Red) TF 10-0
160         Jacob Thalin (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
170         Ryan Cummings (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
182         Roman Romero (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forfeit
195         Danny Salas (California Red) over Arthur Aloian (Pennsylvania) TF 11-0


California Red Wins Pool “B” At Jr. Greco-Roman Duals

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Jun 252015


Team California Red after winning Pool “B”
By Pablo Di Maria
Tulsa, OK. – It was a scorching day in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with the thermometer almost reaching 94* degrees outside the Cox Business Center Arena – The home of the 2015 Jr. Duals. Team California Red, which was composed of a team of All-Stars from all over the Golden State, was able to go 3-0 during the day with wins over Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa.
The first dual-meet of the day was versus a tough Tennessee team. Austin Duren (Highland HS) started things off for California with a 10-0 technical fall over Bam-Bam Feuerbacher. Team California went on to win 11 out of the 15 contested matches; including the 285-pound weight class that feature Jake Minshew versus a former Grappler from California in Sammy Evans. In the end, Minshew came out the winner after dominating Evans the entire match.
The second match for Team California was a total domination over a weaker team from Missouri. Team Missouri only won the 182-pound weight class when FILA Cadet Greco-Roman Runner-up, Andrew Buckley, defeated Roman Romero, 5-2. Team California won 14 matches, 8 of them via shutout. The win over Missouri helped send Team California to the finals of their pool versus Team Iowa.
The finals match of Pool “B” wasn’t an easy one for the Golden State. Many of the team members from Iowa were either state place winners or previous Fargo All-Americans. Iowa got on the board first when Matt Malcom (Iowa) won 15-5 over Jordan Jimenez at 160 pounds. Nevertheless, Team California won four straight matches from 170-220 pounds, to take a 16-6 lead over Iowa. From 285-113 pounds, Iowa and California went back and forth with the team score before California won from 120-138 to sealed the dual-meet and win Pool “B”. California Red will be wrestling tomorrow in the Gold/Silver bracket versus Teams from Arizona, Minnesota and Utah to determine who will wrestle in the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th place matches.
Match #1 Quarterfinal: California Red defeated Tennessee 43-19 145 – Austin Duren (California Red) over Bam Bam Feuerbacher (Tennessee) TF 10-0 152 – Tommy Brackett (Tennessee) over Anthony Mantanona (California Red) TF 15-5 160 – Jimmy Hoang (California Red) over Griffyn Broyles (Tennessee) TF 10-0 170 – Tyler Garrison (Tennessee) over Ryan Cummings (California Red) Dec 12-12 182 – Roman Romero (California Red) over Houston Tywater (Tennessee) TF 13-0 195 – Andrew Herrera (California Red) over Brett Brown (Tennessee) Dec 14-7 220 – Davit Stepanyan (California Red) over Ben Stacey (Tennessee) TF 10-0 285 – Jake Minshew (California Red) over Sammy Evans (Tennessee) Dec 11-2 100 – Jacob Allen (California Red) over Cade Holloway (Tennessee) TF 12-0 106 – Nicholas Aguilar (California Red) over TJ Hicks (Tennessee) Dec 16-10 113 – Liam Cronin (California Red) over Sean Sesnan (Tennessee) Dec 12-7 120 – Tito Navarro (Tennessee) over Brett Smith (California Red) Dec 11-6 126 – Durbin Lloren (California Red) over Devan Cyree (Tennessee) Fall 2:05 132 – Carlos Herrera (California Red) over Tanner Tidswell (Tennessee) Dec 4-1 138 – Michael Murphy (Tennessee) over Aaron Watts (California Red) TF 10-0
Match #2 California Red defeated Missouri 57-8 152 – Jordan Jimenez (California Red) over Austin Purtle (Missouri) TF 12-0 160 – Jimmy Hoang (California Red) over John Anderson (Missouri) Dec 9-2 170 – John Leal (California Red) over Charley Genisio (Missouri) TF 14-3 182 – Andrew Buckley (Missouri) over Roman Romero (California Red) Dec 5-2 195 – Davit Stepanyan (California Red) over Jayden Bears (Missouri) TF 11-0 220 – Christian Ayala (California Red) over Brandon Fancher (Missouri) TF 10-0 285 – Jake Minshew (California Red) over Christian Boyles (Missouri) Dec 8-2 100 – Jacob Allen (California Red) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf 106 – Nicholas Aguilar (California Red) over Malik Johnson (Missouri) Dec 8-8 113 – Randon Miranda (California Red) over Jet Tryon (Missouri) TF 12-0 120 – Abbas Khan (California Red) over David Berryman (Missouri) TF 10-0 126 – Devan Turner (California Red) over Austin Hanson (Missouri) TF 10-0 132 – Jaden Enriquez (California Red) over Christopher Bamman (Missouri) Fall 2:40 138 – Armand Molina (California Red) over Wolfgang Clapper (Missouri) TF 11-1 145 – Zachary Evans (California Red) over Maverick Alexander (Missouri) Inj 1:00
Match #3 California Red defeated Iowa 45-20 160 – Matt Malcom (Iowa) over Jordan Jimenez (California Red) TF 15-5 170 – John Leal (California Red) over Salvator Armani (Iowa) TF 10-0 182 – Roman Romero (California Red) over Deion Clayborne (Iowa) TF 13-2 195 – Davit Stepanyan (California Red) over Donovan Doyle (Iowa) TF 10-0 220 – Christian Ayala (California Red) over Ethan Andersen (Iowa) TF 18-8 285 – Carter Isley (Iowa) over Jake Minshew (California Red) Dec 5-1 100 – Jacob Allen (California Red) over Grayson Kesterson (Iowa) Dec 7-1 106 – Nicholas Aguilar (California Red) over Dillon Gottschaulk (Iowa) TF 12-1 113 – Brenden Baker (Iowa) over Randon Miranda (California Red) TF 13-1 120 – Abbas Khan (California Red) over Dante Tacchia (Iowa) TF 11-0 126 – Devan Turner (California Red) over Brock Rathbun (Iowa) Dec 5-0 132 – Jaden Enriquez (California Red) over Paul Glynn (Iowa) Dec 9-1 138 – Armand Molina (California Red) over Jackson Gallahger (Iowa) TF 10-0 145 – Keegan Shaw (Iowa) over Zachary Evans (California Red) TF 10-0 152 – Anthony Mantanona (California Red) over Colton Clingenpeel (Iowa) Fall 0:42

Team California Ready To Compete At The Jr. Duals In Oklahoma

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Jun 242015


California Greco-Roman Team
By Pablo Di Maria
Tulsa, OKWrestlers from the Golden State have weighed-in and are ready to compete tomorrow in the Greco-Roman portion of the tournament. Team California will have two teams represent the Golden State – California Blue and Red. California Red will be wrestling in Pool “B” with Teams from Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, Michigan # 2, Minnesota # 2, Louisiana and Tennessee. Meanwhile, California Blue will be in Pool “D” with teams from Oklahoma, Minnesota # 1, Michigan # 1, Georgia #1, South Carolina, South Dakota and Nebraska # 1.
Greco-Roman Teams
California Red
106 lbs.  Jacob Allen (Poway HS) and Nicholas Aguilar (Gilroy HS)
113 lbs. Randon Miranda (Quartz Hill HS) and Liam Cronin (Servite HS)
120 lbs. Brett Smith (Rancho Buena Vista HS) and Abbas Khan (El Camino Real HS)
126 lbs. Devan Turner (Dixon HS) and D.J. Lloren (Buchanan HS)
132 lbs. Carlos Herrera (Bakersfield HS) and Jaden Enriquez (Mission Oaks HS)
138 lbs. Armand Molina (Firebaugh HS) and Aaron Watts (Redwood HS)
145 lbs. Zachary Evans (Irvine HS) and Austin Duren (Highland HS)
152 lbs. Anthony Mantanona (Palm Desert HS) and Jordan Jimenez (Heritage HS)
160 lbs. Jimmy Hoang (American Canyon HS)
170 lbs. John Leal (Chico HS) and Ryan Cummings (Leigh HS)
182 lbs. Roman Romero (McNair HS)
195 lbs. Davit Stepanyan (Birmingham HS) and Alex Herrera (South Lake Tahoe, NV)
220 lbs. Christian Ayala (Pacifica HS)
285 lbs. Jake Minshew (Casa Robles HS)
California Blue
100 lbs. Eric Sanchez (Silver Creek HS)
106 lbs. Oscar Nellis (Rancho Buena Vista HS)
113lbs. Aaron Perez (James Logan HS)
120 lbs. Ryan Ritchie (Westview HS) and John Martinez
126 lbs. Brett Villareal (Redwood HS)
132 lbs. Manav Singh (James Logan HS) and Josh Solomon (St. John Bosco HS)
145 lbs. Jeff Maes (Walnut HS)
152 lbs. Jacob Bueno (St. John Bosco HS)
160 lbs. Anthony Leonard (Westview HS) and Jacob Thalin (Santa Teresa)
170 lbs. Joni Liangco (Birmingham HS)
182 lbs. Elliy Gorelik (Birmingham HS) and Jacob Sieder (South Torrance)
195 lbs. Danny Salas (St. John Bosco) and Leo Grabowski
220 lbs.  Adam Rizk (Monta Vista HS) and Dustin Van Pattern
285 lbs. Antonio Ramirez (Righetti HS) and Jarrod Snyder (Frontier HS)


Event Schedule
Wednesday, June 24 (Est. 32 teams)
7:00 AM Doors Open
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Session 1- (16 Mats)
Rounds 1 & 2 – Greco Pools Championship Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Consolation Wrestlebacks
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM Session 2 – (16 Mats)
Rounds 3, 4 & 5 – Greco Pools Consolation Semifinals, 1st & 7th Place Duals, 3rd & 5th Duals, & True 2nd
Thursday, June 25
7:00 AM Doors open
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Session 3 – Greco Color Pools (Gold/Silver, Bronze/Copper, Red/Blue, Green/Yellow)
 Rounds 1 & 2 – Preliminary Duals (16 Mats)
1:0 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM Session 4 – Greco Color Pools (16 Mats)
 Rounds 3 & 4 – Preliminary Duals & Finals Placement Match 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th
 Awards to follow
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Freestyle Only Registration
5:30 PM – 5:50 PM Freestyle Coaches’ Meeting
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Freestyle Only Skin Checks & Weigh-ins (See Weigh-in Procedures)
8:00 PM Social for Pairing & Mat Officials
Friday, June 26 (Est. 38 teams)
7:00 AM Doors open
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM Session 1 – Freestyle – (16 Mats)
Rounds 1, 2 & 3 – Preliminaries, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Consolations & Placement Matches
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
2:30 PM – 8:30 PM Session 2 – Freestyle – (16 Mats)
Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 – Consolation, Placement & True 2nd Matches
Saturday, June 27
7:00 a.m. Doors open
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Session 3 – FS Gold/Silver, Bronze/Copper, Red/Blue, Green/Yellow Placing Pools
Rounds 1 & 2 – Preliminary Duals (16 Mats)
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM LUNCH BREAK
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM Session 4 – (16 Mats)
 Rounds 3 & 4 – Preliminary Duals & Finals Placement Match 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th
 Awards to follow

The Nevills Family Tradition Continues Strong At Clovis High School

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Jun 232015

The Nevills

The Nevills Family
By Pablo Di Maria
Clovis, CA – All four Nevills siblings (Zach, Nick, A.J. and, Seth) were or are part of the Clovis football team, however, the sport they love the most – it’s wrestling.
It all commenced when the first-born of the brothers, Zach, was in the 4th grade and joined the wrestling team at Gettysburg Elementary and was coached by Tony Bagdasarian. Nick, A.J. and, Seth, followed in Zach’s footsteps and also joined the wrestling team in elementary.
“Current Dallas Cowboy Fullback, Tyler Clutts, was a big reason why we started wrestling.” Said Zach. “Tyler, who was the 2003 CIF state champion for Clovis High School, was our neighbor at the time and would always encourage us to try out the sport of wrestling.”
Wayne and his wife, Kerri, took the boys to wrestling events to participate and refine their wrestling skills when the boys were young.
“Kerri and I did the occasional Reno tournament for the younger ones but nothing formal.” Said Wayne Nevills.
After finishing elementary, all four Nevills boys attended Clark Intermediate which feeds into Clovis High; all were in great hands at Clark. Zach was coached by former Division II National Champion Pacifico Garcia, Nick by Division I wrestler Gabe Flores, and A.J. and Seth by Kenny Martinez.
The Nevills In High School
The Nevills legacy at Clovis High School started in 2009 when Zach made the varsity lineup at 160-pounds and placed 5th in the state tournament as a freshman. Zach would go on to medal three more times and become the 25th Clovis wrestler to win an individual state championship. The eldest Nevills was voted the most valuable wrestler on the varsity squad in 2012 and finished his high school wrestling career with an 183-37 record.
“I am certain that by placing in the state tournament four times and winning an individual state title, it put more pressure on my brothers to shoot for an individual state title of their own.” Said Zach.
Later graduating from Clovis High School, Zach, got a scholarship to attend and wrestle for PAC-12 powerhouse, Stanford University. He has placed 3rd and 4th at 184-pounds at the PAC-12 tournament for the Cardinals. Zach will enter the 2015-2016 season as one of the favorites to acquire the 184-pound title at the PAC-12 tournament.
“I have faith that I could become a PAC-12 champion and an All-American next season. I know that (Blake Stauffer) will be the heavy favorite to win both the PAC-12 and the National Title, however, there’s a potential that I could beat him when we meet. Last season he beat me in the semifinals of the PAC-12 tournament, 6-3.” Said Zach.
Younger brother, Nick, entered high school in 2011 and instantly became a fan favorite with his style of wrestling and dedication to the sport. Nick had one of the most decorated prep careers in the state of California in recent memory. Nick won three state titles as well as placing third in the state as a sophomore. He compiled a 200-5 career record and left Clovis as the all-time pin leader with 146 falls; including going 103-0 his junior and senior year. He also participated in the 2014 Dapper Dan Classic for the USA Team that defeated team Pennsylvania, 25-16.
This past season he redshirted for Penn State University, where he went 11-1 in unattached matches. Nick is expected to become part of the varsity squad at Penn State in the 2015-2016 season at 285-pounds and become a key player for Coach Cael Sanderson.
At Clovis High School, there are two remaining Nevills on the varsity team, A.J. and, Seth. A.J. has placed twice in the CIF state tournament (2nd and 7th) at 182 pounds. He will be a senior next season and one of the favorites to win a state title; he has amassed an overall career record of 125-29.
His success on the mat has attracted the attention of many Division I and Division II programs around the country. Now that Fresno State is bringing back the wrestling program, attending there is not out of the question.
“I haven’t made any decisions on which college/university I will be attending after high school. Attending Fresno State is definitely not out of the question for me.” Said A.J.
The youngest of the four siblings is Seth. Seth finished his freshman season undefeated with a 44-0 record at 220 pounds. He became the third freshman from Clovis to win a state title and the second to finish undefeated in his initial wrestling season. Don’t be surprised to see A.J. win a state title at 195-pounds and Seth at 285-pounds next season.
“Our older brothers (Zach and Nick) have inspired me and Seth to dream big and be like them.” Said A.J.

A.J. ad Seth

The Nevills Legacy Will Continue
Their strong family values and faith in God, have helped the Nevills family to be successful in life and on the mat. The entire family is very devoted to serving their community and are involved in all aspects of the church they attend.
“Kerri and I love watching our boys compete and even though there have been a lot of great experiences and tournament wins, there have been some heartbreaking moments.  It’s very difficult to see your son/s hurting, whether physically, mentally or both, but our whole family loves wrestling and supporting the Clovis High School wrestling program. Any success the boys have had, first and foremost, comes from God and we are so appreciative of the coaching staff at Clovis High.” Said Wayne.
The Clovis wrestling team is a big family that cares for every member of the team, coaches, families and ex-wrestlers. Kim Tirapelle, Adam’s wife, is a Registered Dietitian and speaks to the team during the summer and the beginning of the season, teaching them how to gain or lose weight correctly.
“The boys begin eating the right nutrients even before the season beginnings. So when the time comes to cut weight, it’s much easier for them.” Said Wayne.
Coaches Adam and Stephen Tirapelle know that next year Clovis will be the heavy favorites to win their sixth straight state title. With the help of A.J. and Seth, their chances of repeating will be much easier. The wrestling community in California is so lucky to have such a classy family representing them in scholastic and college wrestling.
But no matter what happens over the next years, the Nevills have already made sure of one thing — the tradition of the family will go on for many years.